BTV remembers Camille this evening

For years, the City of Biloxi would air the 1970s-era documentary “A Lady Called Camille” annually on Cable One to mark the anniversary of the storm and to help call attention to the dangers of storm and flooding.

The city stopped airing the program in 2006, as a new city-commissioned documentary about Katrina took its place.

However, this evening, BTV: Biloxi Television has a host of Hurricane Camille programming to commemorate the 52nd anniversary of the killer storm, which devastated Biloxi and the Gulf Coast on Aug. 17, 1969.

Included in the programming, which begins at 7 p.m., is a segment filmed by Mayor A.J Holloway in August 2005 at the Camille memorial at the Church of the Redeemer, days before Hurricane Katrina decimated the property. The segment, which had been part of the city’s storm-preparedness outreach that year, also included never-before-aired Camille footage discovered by videographer Vester Wentzell.

Holloway’s segment will introduce “A Lady Called Camille,” the 30-documentary that tells the story of the storm and features Wade Guice, the legendary Harrison County Civil Defense director.

A segment with Danny Guice, who was mayor of Biloxi when Camille struck, will air after the Camille documentary, and, as a bonus, you’ll hear the story of a young Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, with surfboard in hand, venturing in the surf as Hurricane Betsy threatened Biloxi and the Gulf Coast.

Then at 8 p.m., BTV continues its monthlong airing of “Camille, the Original Monster Storm,” which was created on the 50th anniversary of the storm.

BTV: Biloxi Television is available on Sparklight 56 or Uverse 99 in Biloxi or on the city’s site on the worldwide web, Click on the BTV icon at top right.
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